We can't wait to welcome people back to our clubs and classes, and we're doing everything can to ensure all participants and staff feel reassured and safe.


Need a new challenge? Looking to make some new friends? Feeling inspired to get to know Shakespeare a bit more? Our adult classes are the perfect way to introduce, or rediscover, the inspiring world of The Bard. Together we'll explore why his remarkable plays are still being performed 400 years on.

Delivered by theatre professionals, with regular visits from our main-house production’s creatives and actors, GSC’s practical evening classes are designed to help you discover The Bard in a fun and supportive environment.

We explore Shakespeare’s great plays through close reading, group discussion and practical exercises in our professional rehearsal room. Each term culminates in a celebration of the term’s discoveries with wine and friends.

“We look at Shakespeare’s choice of words, their sound, their order on the page and the visual images created – this helps create a deeper understanding of the work and also gives you an insight and appreciation into Shakespeare’s skill as a writer.” Class Member

The Bard's Not That Hard meet on a Tuesday evening, 7pm - 9pm, in the rehearsal room at GSC HQ. No experience of Shakespeare or acting necessary and all ages welcome. This is not an acting class but there will be tea and biscuits! Just bring yourself and a desire to learn.

“I am able to appreciate and enjoy productions of Shakespeare better.” Class Member

Autumn Term 2021: Richard II

21 Sep - 30 November (Half Term; 26 October, no class)

Tuesdays 7-9pm

GreenArk, Lido Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1HB

£160 per participant for 10 weeks

NB: Due to restricted numbers the full payment of £160 is required to secure your place. If you are unable to do this financially, email us to discuss a payment plan. 

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Join your friends and fellow ‘Barders’ each week, as we explore one of Shakespeare's wonderful plays together through our usual close reading, group discussion and practical exercises.

GSC creatives will join us throughout the term, providing insight into Shakespeare’s life, the world around him and how he matured as a writer. The guests will share their personal approach to the play as actors, directors, producers, designers, adaptors and marketers.

"I think it's a great idea to study the plays that GSC are planning to perform. Seeing the play whilst we are studying it really brings it to life, and I love learning from people who are actually working on the show." Class Member

Spaces are strictly limited, so apply now to avoid disappointment.

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Join Guildford’s award-winning professional theatre company for GSC Stages, a new programme for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of theatre-making.

GSC Stages is split into short courses, with each one led by a different practitioner, within GSC’s professional rehearsal room. Over 12 years, GSC has worked with a variety of creatives and practitioners - including directors, actors, producers and designers – and for  the first time course members will be able to learn from their unique and practical masterclasses on theatre skills.

Each course can be joined separately, allowing members to gain a selection of professional insights and explore a variety of techniques through individual and group exercises. All ages and levels of experience are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Details of future courses will be placed here.


GSC is committed to making your time with us as enjoyable as possible. We aim to cater for every student’s needs and our rehearsal spaces are wheelchair friendly. If you’re thinking of joining a club and have specific access requirements, please contact us so that we can make your class as enjoyable as possible.

If you would like more information, please contact us or call 01483 301590.

The Bard's Not That Hard

Adapting For The Stage

GSC Stages

Previous TBNTH terms have included

Antony & Cleopatra

Julius Caesar

Henry IV

1616: The Year Shakespeare Died

The Winter's Tale

A Midsummer Night's Dream

King Lear

Henry V

Twelfth Night


The Taming of the Shrew


The Sonnets

The Merchant of Venice


Dualogue Masterclass

...and Eagle Radio recordings.

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